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Few know, but Motorola created this electric Chevrolet Corvette in the 90s

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Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

Yes, surprising but true, because in effect we are talking about the same Motorola that today is dedicated to selling mobile phones.

To some extent, however, their interests have extended far beyond the mobile devices. In fact, if you go back a few decades, you can see that Motorola jumped into the race for electric cars and did a great job.

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Kevin Williams, from The Drive, is quite clear. He was following another model, a Beijing Jeep owned by Larry Brosten, when he stumbled upon a very important project: an electric Chevrolet Corvette developed by Motorola itself.

“I have a one-of-a-kind 1987 Chevy Corvette made by Motorola,” Brosten told Williams. The investigation of the latter clearly took a 360 turn. In this note, this surprising discovery will be delved into.

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A Chevy Corvette unlike any other

There, under a layer of dust, is the impressive Chevy Corvette EV manufactured by Motorola sometime in the 1990s. The first thing that strikes you about the design is the embossed red color that stands out on the surface, under the off-white of the roof

This Chevy Corvette is not very different from other models of the same name, or at least not in appearance. Without a label describing the model as an electric car on the back, the car looks like any other Chevy Corvette C4 convertible.

Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)
Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

In fact, one of the highlights is in the “EL” label. License Plate Several years ago, the license plates of all electric vehicles manufactured in Illinois were required to have two letters to indicate their nature. However, in the 1990s, very few people knew what these symbols meant.

However, it is in the inside the car where things start to change. Williams lifted the back of the car, only to find a stack of silver boxes marked “high voltage.”

But what caught his eye the most was a bright blue tag on one of these artifacts. On its surface you can read “Motorola”.

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Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)
Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

How is the engine of this electric car

A quick look under the hood of the Chevy Corvette reveals that it is powered by an unknown number of deep cycle batteries.

Some of them are under the trunk, others in his flat, and about six more are under the aforementioned hood. Of course, none of the above is explicitly stated in the manual.

Another important point not mentioned is the power that the Corvette’s electric motor can produce.

Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)
Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

Motorola and a secret worth keeping

In addition to the car, Williams also found many Backup documents. Notes in manuals, electrical diagrams and design drawings. All pages have titles that indicate the name of the responsible company: Motorola.

Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)
Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

According to these records, the existence of this Motorola Chevy Corvette is a well-kept secret. On one of these pages, the workers explain the procedure to follow if people visit the company’s factory.

since not work with batteries, going by do not plug in the vehicle to charge it, do not transport it and even do not open the hood.

Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)
Motorola Chevrolet Corvette. (photo: Larry Brosten/Kevin Williams/The Drive)

Unfortunately, Williams’ tracks ended in a deadlock. In his words: “I am not an electrical engineer, but I have come to the conclusion that Brosten’s documentation for the EV Vette is incomplete.” In the presentation, a lot of information is missing, such as car battery related information.

Still, it’s curious to see what future Motorola could have if it pursues this type of project. After all, today it is best known for selling mobile phones, but apparently that is not the only benefit the company has had in its history.

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